The only national grassland in the intermountain West, the Curlew National Grassland was established in 1960 to improve soil and vegetation and promote sound agricultural practices. The land was cultivated and farmed in the early 1900s, and you can still see evidence of many old homesteads in the area. The homesteaders abandoned the area during the Dust Bowl days of the 1920 and 1930s, leaving the land badly eroded. The Grassland is operated as a land reclamation demonstration project. One especially unique attraction on the western edge of the Grassland is the sharp-tailed grouse strutting ground that draws bird watchers and photographers from all over in March and June to see the incredible “dance” that the male grouse do to attract mates. Camping is available.
- Forest Rd 020 Curlew National Grassland Holbrook, ID 83243
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